RSCM appoints leading church musician to pilot Choral Studies
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has appointed a leading church musician to lead its various choral education initiatives. Adrian Lucas, for many years the Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral, has been appointed as the RSCM’s Head of Choral Studies. It is the latest in a number of key specialist posts made by the RSCM to develop training programmes for choirs, congregations, instrumentalists and worship leaders.
As Head of Choral Studies, Adrian will be responsible for leading the RSCM’s training provision in all aspects of the subject. This will include facilitating the training of choir leaders at parish level, ensuring high standards of training are maintained in RSCM choral courses and events, and directing the work of the Millennium Youth Choir which will be in residence at the Summer School in Liverpool during August 2016. With the RSCM Education team, this post is alongside those of Head of Ministerial Training and Head of Congregational and Instrumental music, forming part of the RSCM’s range of specialisms for the church of today.
A former organ scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge, Adrian was Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral for fifteen years. During that time he directed the Three Choirs’ Festivals that took place in Worcester, five in all. Four years ago he left the cathedral appointment to develop an international career as a freelance conductor, organist and examiner and set up his own recording company, Acclaim Productions. His work as a choral director has taken him all over the world including vocational service in Colombia, South America, where he worked with Cor Videns, a choir of children taken off the streets to escape a culture dominated by drugs and gangs. Away from music-making, and in what spare time he has, Adrian enjoys flying and holds a private pilot’s licence.
Speaking about his appointment, Adrian is delighted to be taking up this brand new post. “Having grown up as a parish church chorister, I have a background with the RSCM going back many years. It is a great pleasure to be stepping into this role and I hope to bring in some of the skills and expertise I have gained in choral work over the last 30 years to the job.”
The appointment of a Head of Choral Studies is one of a set of new appointments to serve a wider range of church musicians, including instrumentalists. The RSCM’s Deputy Director, Rosemary Field, says that Adrian’s appointment will have a key influence on the shape of RSCM’s choral activities in the future. “I am excited to have a musician of Adrian’s calibre join the RSCM’s Education Department; his vision and energy are exactly what we need to support choral singing in our modern church.”